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article imageZuckerberg wants kids under 13 allowed on Facebook

By Joseph Zulu     May 20, 2011 in Internet
Newark - Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he wants younger kids to be allowed on social networking sites like Facebook.
The question is, “how will Zuckerberg do that?”
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) mandates that children under the age of 13 years should not be allowed on websites that collect information about users.
Zuckerberg may be a university dropout but the 27 year old billionaire is serious about education reform.
He thinks that young people can benefit from the social networking sites adding that education will be much more social in the coming years, Fortune reported.
In 2010 Zuckerberg pledged $100 million to the school system in Newark, New Jersey and last week, he told interviewer (and venture capitalist) John Doerr that improving education and making the Internet more open are two of his favorite dinnertime topics.
He also shared about his own education and upbringing as well as why he wants children under age 13 to be on Facebook.
"Education is clearly the biggest thing that will drive how the economy improves over the long term," Zuckerberg was quoted as having said.
He added that in the future, software and technology will allow people to learn from their fellow students.
Huffington Post reports that Facebook has faced ongoing scrutiny over privacy concerns and further reported that Facebook currently allows users to share home addresses and cellphone numbers with third-party apps.
Some of the issues and concerns by users on Facebook include identity theft, scams, computer viruses, and cyber bullying.
The social network is currently being sued for failing to get parental permission before using minors' personal information in its social ads.
According to the Business Insider, 7.5 million Facebook users are in fact children under the age of 13 years.
Zuckerberg however said Facebook will take precautions to ensure that younger kids are safe.
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